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3-on-3 and 4-on-4 Hockey
Submitted By Rick Poulin on Thursday, October 8, 2020
PHYSICAL CONTACT:
The Ontario Government Laws state, “Team sports may only be practiced or played within the facility if they do not allow for physical contact between players or if they have been modified to avoid physi- cal contact between the players.” It is important to recognize that the Ontario Government has permitted competition with the express understanding that rules have been modified to eliminate intentional physical contact.  

Playing the game of hockey without intentional physical contact represents a significant shift from traditional hockey, as such, it is the equal and collective responsibility of all participants (players, bench staff, officials) to create and adhere to the game play structure that eliminates intentional physical contact. 
Within the modified playing rules, game officials will encourage and promote continuous play to the greatest extent possible.  

Simply stated:
Game officials will call the game as they see it with the fo- cus of eliminating all intentional physical contact. It is the expectation of the Ontario Hockey Federation that coaches are teaching and promoting during practice and games team tactics that eliminate all intentional physical contact and promote continuous play.


NO INTENTIONAL PHYSICAL CONTACT

Intentional physical contact is NOT permitted and must be avoided. For the purposes of hockey, intentional physical contact will include body to body contact. Stick to body infractions do not constitute intentional physical contact.

Ex. Lifting a player's stick to obtain the puck does not constitute intentional physical contact.


Accidental/incidental contact may occur

When a scrum or gathering (2 or more participants) occurs with prolonged contact officials will not separate the players, they will communicate with them to disengage. Should the scrum continue, play will be stopped. The defensive team will be awarded possession of the puck and the attacking team will be forced to retreat. The official will blow the whistle a 2nd time when it is determined that the attacking team has sufficiently retreated. The attacking team will NOT be required to leave the zone, they will be required to back away from the puck and allow the defensive team to fully gain possession. If a puck gathering or scrum occurs in the neutral zone the defensive versus attacking team will be determined by the position of the puck relative to the centre red line (centre ice).

MODIFIED PLAYING RULES

All Major Penalties, Gross Misconduct Penalties and Match Penalties will be applied in accordance with current Hockey Canada playing rules.

For modified playing rules involving intentional physical contact, the game official will provide one warning to BOTH TEAMS on account of the first minor penalty involving intentional physical contact, any subsequent minor penalty from this list will result in immediate removal from competition. An individual player does not require an individual warning prior to removal, the warning will be directed at the head coach. It is the responsibility of the head coach to manage their team and relay the warning. The following minor penalties have been modified to align with the elimination of intentional physical contact.

OHF Members are required to track game ejections for intentional physical contact and have the authority to impose supplementary discipline to repeat offenders.

For a full set of infractions ask your coach to email them to you


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